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lawrence? >> yeah. you got to love that, one of my favorite days of the week and looking good. we are going to see some clouds rolling on in and some showers possibly making their way into the bay area. we'll talk about that coming up. >> all right. and we already have some big problems if you are an bees bay bart rider. the south hayward bart station close to the surfaced for a police investigation for a person hit the track last night. they are using shuttle buses. more coming up. >> thank you. it is 4:30. we begin with this. early this morning, the oakland city council approved part of a controversial surveillance program. the vote didn't take place until 1 a.m. following hours of debate. the domain awareness center is a proposed hub to monitor surveillance cameras stationed all around the city. but the city council approved the program only for the port of oakland. opponents had expressed
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concerns about potential violations of privacy. among the opponents, some folks who say the fbi is keeping tabs on bay area people based on their nationalities and religion. their story now from kpix 5's christin ayers. reporter: nadia hussein says the warning came on her facebook feed from a muslim friend who believed his mosque was being watched. >> please be wary of a guy walking around asking about the taliban or al qaeda. he is probably the fbi or fbi informant. >> reporter: it's practically a punch like at bay area mosques. >> if you tell them it's a joke we are probably being listened to right now. >> reporter: but she says the close surveillance of muslims in the bay area and nationwide is no laughing matter. most recently the arab resource and organizing center has told kpix 5 that fbi agents have been showing up at the homes of arab residents right here in oakland knocking on their doors and asking them questions about the iraqi community here. a group of activists gathered
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at oakland city hall, faced east, knelt and prayed. they came to oppose the domain awareness center. >> we don't want any community to go through what the muslim community has gone through around the privacy invasion of privacy, around illegal and unlawful surveillance. >> reporter: up in arms and on their knees in opposition. in oakland, christin ayers, kpix 5. >> the fbi has not responded to kpix 5's request for comment. happening today, the family of a woman found dead in a stairwell at san francisco general hospital will file a formal claim against the city. it's not clear what lynne spalding's family is demanding, but in the past they said they want the hospital and sheriff's department to change security procedures. if san francisco rejects the claim, spalding's family can then file a lawsuit. hundreds of people attended a candlelight vigil in martinez last night for a 14-year-old girl who was hit by a train. jenna betty was killed sunday
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on the tracks near the old orchard road. investigators believe she had dropped her cell phone and was struck when she went back to pick it up off the tracks. . >> even though you're gone, we love you and miss you. we'll see you again someday. i love you. >> jenna was a student at martinez junior high school. grief counselors will remain at the school for the rest of the week. facebook is putting up the cash to help make its neighborhood safer. kpix 5's betty yu reports the company is helping its hometown hire a new police officer to work out of a new substation facebook helped finance. reporter: it's an unusual gift from facebook but one that the city of menlo park says it badly needs. facebook will pay more than $200,000 a year for three years for a community safety police officer to work out of this new
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substation. the city council accepted facebook's offer. >> it is a win-win-win, like you say it is, but it's a win for the broader community as well. >> reporter: the officer will focus on helping schools and businesses in facebook's belle haven neighborhood. it has a big problem with gangs, drugs and shootings. the officer will conduct emergency drills and work with at-risk teens. >> it's about building community relationships. a crime occurs or if someone hears something they feel comfortable coming to the police officer and say i know about this, i trust you. >> reporter: with facebook paying, some wonder whether the company will get spellings treatment. is there a potential for a conflict of interest? >> you know, the only way that you would have a conflict of interest is if somehow someone tried to exert influence over our police force. that's not happening. >> facebook as a company has not put any restrictions on how we use the officer. all they ask of us is what we can do as a company, meaning facebook, to help you, law
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enforcement in making this a better community. >> reporter: betty yu, kpix 5. >> last year bellhaven had the highest number of bay area's and assaults in menlo park. bart service isn't running in an area after a person was hit on the tracks around 11:30 last night. bart officials say the person was on the tracks around 11:30 when they were struck. service was completely shut down and riders were transferred on ac transit buses at the time. the victim's identity is not released. 4:35. let's check the weather with lawrence karnow. but first traffic. >> south hayward bart station is shut down. we thought they would clear the tracks and wrap up the investigation before bart service started this morning but unfortunately, that's not the case. so again it's just the south hayward bart station that is closed but sometimes things
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like this have a ripple effect around other commutes. they are working to get shuttle buses in place between union city and freeway. looking at the bart map again hayward is the end of the line. bart has been very busy on twitter this morning. so you can see the latest tweet says there's no bart service south of hayward station due to police investigation. they hope to resume full service sometime after sunrise. checking other bay area proceeds roads, here's a live look at the bay bridge toll plaza. no other major hot spots. traffic comes into san francisco okay on the roads. so you can use the bay bridge this morning with no big delay. the left lanes may be closed due to overnight roadwork for the next half hour. and here's a live look at the nimitz 880 in oakland where it's also smooth sailing toward your downtown oakland exits. that's your latest "kcbs traffic." here's lawrence. this morning low clouds and fog outside. couple of sprinkles out there, too. looks like a little rain coming our way as we have had a whole lot of clouds sweeping across
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our skies and needing a trigger. you can see the low pressure off the coastline bringing showers this afternoon starting in the north spreading south. right now fairly quiet although we have seen a couple of sprinkles overnight just some light stuff right now not a big deal. if you are headed out the door, we have clouds and some fog so be careful with that but temperatures are very mild and it's muggy numbers in the 50s now p by the afternoon, the rain begins to spread to the south this afternoon. temperatures today a little warmer in the south bay. it will take a little longer for rain to get in that direction, 60s and low 70s. rain over the next seven days, more on that coming up. back to you. >> thank you. a hercules transgender teen who claims he was raped admits it was all a lie. kpix 5's andria borba reports. >> reporter: a boy's bathroom covered in fingerprint dust a serious response for a very serious sexual assault allegation. >> they worked real hard in trying to collect any kind of
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physical evidence particularly in a restroom like that they have to be really meticulous in looking for bodily fluids, fingerprints. >> reporter: but as hercules detectives began looking for three suspects, stories didn't match up including nonexistent wounds on the transgender student's body. this afternoon, the stories did line up. >> he finally admitted that he had lied about the whole thing. >> reporter: no sexual assault, no physical assault, no hate crime at all. >> we are glad to say we don't have sexual predators on the campus at this time. >> reporter: for west contra costa school board president charles ramsey, the sense of relief extends even further. >> i'm also glad that no one was arrested because to have a student arrested for this would have been really troubling to them, their families and their parents. >> reporter: hercules middle high school does not have a surveillance system. there is no video evidence to show what really happened. in hercules, andria borba, kpix 5. >> hercules police say they are reviewing the case and it will
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be up to the district attorney to decide whether to press charges against the teen. dna evidence solved a cold case in fairfield. priscilla stroll was found beaten to death in her home in the 1983. detectives put the dna evidence into a database in 2012 and earlier this year, they got a hit. robert hathaway, his dna and fingerprints, match those found at the crime scene. hathaway committed suicide last month after police talked to him about the case. it's stockton or bust for the google barge all wrapped up at san francisco's treasure island where it's been under construction for months now. just last week, we learned it would be moving out of the bay into stockton's deep water port and that's because the project doesn't have the proper permits for the bay. your fancy google glass not allowed at some bars in san francisco. the willows posted these new
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signs. the bar says its customers do not want to be recorded. this comes a week after a woman posted this video. she says she was attacked at the molotov bar in san francisco for wearing google glass. that bar has also banned the glasses. facebook is setting its sights on drones. the social network is in negotiations to buy titan aerospace for $60 million. it's a company that makes solar powered drones that can fly for five years without landing . the drones can be used as atmospheric satellites to expand internet access around the world all part of facebook's attempt to bring affordable internet access to everyone. in ukraine, russia has agreed to a nato request to hold a special meeting in belgium today to discuss the russian military invasion of ukraine's crimea region. as cbs news reporter susan mcginnis reports, tensions over the standoff do seem to be easing a bit. >> reporter: diplomacy takes
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center stage today surround russia's invasion of ukraine. secretary of state john kerry will meet with his russian counterpart this morning in paris. >> president obama and i want to make it clear to russia and to everybody in the world that we are not seeking confrontation. >> reporter: last night president obama talked about a possible resolution with german chancellor angela merkel. the proposal would allow russian troops to stay in crimea but on their bases in the region. and international monitors would ensure ethnic russians in ukraine are protected. russian president vladimir putin calls the invasion a humanitarian mission to protect those russians living in ukraine. he also said he would use force if needed. but while politicians talk, russian soldiers are digging in. >> once they are there, there is not a reason judging by what putin has done in the past to think they are going to leave. >> reporter: the u.s. is
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considering economic sanctions against russia. susan mcginnis, cbs news, washington. >> putin said economic sanctions would not make a difference. it is 4:42. hold the guacamole. how climate change could change the menu at a popular restaurant chain, michelle. >> there's a new twist to the gold coins found by a northern california couple. claims it could be a stolen treasure. next.
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a deadly explosion devastat new jersey town house development. it happened when crews were trying to f gas line damaged by a one person says it felt like a bomb a devastated explosion at a new jersey town how develops. a woman's body was found on a car nearby. it's not clear when she was in the building and when it blew up if she was inside. 7 utility workers were injured in the explosion. a popular restaurant chain is holding open the possibility that it may eventually have to
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change or remove some menu items. as randy paige reports, chipotle say it's all about rising costs and climate change. >> this place is amazing. reporter: denise isn't the only person with a hankering for guacamole. >> i love it. >> reporter: the guacamole and the salsa at chipotle mexican grill are made from fresh ingredients. so when volatile weather changes impact the availability of those ingredients, the menu could change. at least that's what the company had to say in its annual report. we may choose to temporarily suspect serving menu items such as guacamole or one of more of our salsas are rather than paying the increased cost of the ingredients, the company noted. the reason for the increased costs, the company point to weather volatility including global climate change. >> it's an interesting choice of words and this is why it's getting attention. >> reporter: a radio business
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anchor says by using the term climate change, chipotle has fueled a political debate that's as volatile as the weather it's referring to. >> first time i have seen a restaurant company refer to climate change possibly impacting the bottom line but weather affects the price of crops and what consumers pay. >> reporter: what do guacamole fans think about this? >> i don't think it's going to change anything. i know they will find a way. >> that was randy paige reporting. chipotle says the annual report is nothing more than a routine risk factor disclosure but can you imagine chipotle with no guacamole? >> i like that stuff. it is 4:46. mandatory water rationing off the table for those living in marin county. bon tempe reservoir is now full.
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excess water is spilling into alpine reservoir which is expected to reach full capacity soon. >> in the last four weeks, we have had 21 inches of rain average for the same period is 9" well above average. >> marin's second largest reservoir has a dramatic level rise. it was half full a few weeks ago, now 70% full. meanwhile, in santa clara county, reservoir water levels are well short of where they should be. one look at lexington reservoir here and you can tell a lot more rain is needed. the recent storms have slightly increased the amount of water in county reservoirs. they need more. i think we have had more rain. >> we have. they are going to get a little more rain today but i don't know if it will fill that much up in some of these reservoirs. the storm door is still open. we have a lot of clouds out there now, some fog, too. we have had a couple of light
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sprinkles overnight. our hi-def doppler radar showing you some of those sprinkles moving through mainly in the north bay. and just some light stuff right now. other than that it stayed fairly dry. that likely to change in the latter part of the day. so things getting pretty moist in the atmosphere kind of a muggy feel to it outside. a weak ridge of high pressure building in yesterday is going to be long gone by this afternoon today. so let's plan on some changes in the works. grab your umbrella if you are headed out the door. a light rain moving to the south throughout the afternoon. then another storm possibly headed our way timing on that a little tricky but sunday and monday looks like it will be more likely. all right. we have this storm system off the coastline that's been looking for a kicker and we have this low that will start to move in closer in the afternoon. that should be just enough to squeeze out some showers and move it further to the south s around the state, you will see a lot of rainfall in the northern half of the state. some rain in toward lake tahoe too. 57 degrees and 61 in yosemite. let's time it out. starting out with a lot of clouds this morning. then in the middle of the day in the afternoon we begin to see that rain making its way
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into the north bay and then latter part of the afternoon hours starts to stretch to the south. so looks like rain and unsettled weather into early tomorrow morning. then we'll dry out. rain amounts, well, we could see a nice little soaking but again the focus would be in the north bay some places there over .7" rain into santa rosa, lesser amounts into the south bay. temperatures expected to be in the 60s maybe even a couple of low 70s today before the rain moves in. numbers as we head in toward the next couple of days cooler tomorrow then warming up into the weekend and then a chance of showers comes again late sunday night into monday. let's check the roads with elizabeth. the roads are actually okay. it's mass transit that's creating a headache already for riders especially from the east bay so right now there is no bart service once again between the south hayward and the fremont stations but hayward station which again is different from the south hayward station will be the end of the line for you. there is limited bart service
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into san francisco but there was a fatal accident on the tracks last night about 11:30. the investigation continues. they hope to re-open that stretch of tracks sometimes after sunrise. so bart is up and they have been very busy tweeting giving us the latest updates early this morning. also we have a fog advisory for a stretch of highway 1 south of pacifica between pacifica and montera. that fog advisory issued by chp along stretches of highway 1. out the door not too much fog in some of our cameras. you can see westbound 580 traffic looks great so far. no big delays out of the livermore valley and once again bay bridge even those left lanes are blocked from the incline no delay on the roads heading into san francisco. that is traffic. back to you guys. >> thank you. one theory about the gold coins found by a northern california couple involves a theft from the u.s. mint in san francisco. but mint officials say they can't find any connection at all. kpix 5's allen martin now following the mystery. >> nothing resonates like this,
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this is buried treasure something we all fantasize about that we could possibly do. >> reporter: don kagan is brokering the coins for the couple who found them while walking their property in the sierra foothills. since their find became public the public has gone digging for clues as to where the coins came from. a northern california historian came up with this article from 1900 describing the theft of $30,000 in gold coins from the san francisco mint. the thief none other than the mint's chief clerk, walter dimick. the evidence was slim but after a four-week trial, dimick was convicted of stealing 1500 gold coins almost the exact number recently found. but dimick's loot, the six bags of coins, never found. so these must be the stolen gold coins, right? the don kagan says, no. >> you have to understand that the mint was a factory that produced and struck coins that
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were from the gold that people would give them. they melt down the gold, strike the coins and then they issued them. >> reporter: allen martin, kpix 5. >> and some of the coins found had been in circulation. >> experts say if they had been stolen from the mint, that never would have happened. so the mystery continues. >> i love this story. coming up, why these bay area runners veered off the race path to say thank you to this 95-year-old bystander. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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let's fly you around the bay area today. a lot of clouds outside now, light sprinkles and drizzle so
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watch out for that with some fog. this afternoon a mixture of sun and clouds in the south bay 60s and low 70s in the warmest parts of the south bay. but the clouds will be on the increase throughout the day. the rain is going to be starting out in the north bay and spreading to the south in the latter part of the afternoon. still, going to squeeze in about 68 in dublin. 66 hayward and 67 degrees in walnut creek. looks like that rain starts a little earlier in the north bay so the temperatures should be cooler, 63 in santa rosa, with rain developing today. 65 san rafael into san francisco. 64 degrees. some bart riders in the east bay are out of luck right now. the south hayward bart station is closed. police investigating last night's fatal accident. we just checked and ac transit is on time if you are looking for alternates. again, likely closed until sunrise. full look at your "kcbs traffic" coming up. 4:55 now. the search is on for a man who stole a vending machine that was full of california lottery
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scratch-off games. it happened about 3:00 saturday morning. a thief broke into a lucky store in fremont. the machine was found but the money was gone. most of the tickets were recovered. san jose's 408k run took place last weekend but something unexpected happened when the runners made their way through the city's rose garden area. 95-year-old joe bell decided to dress in uniform to watch the runners go by. a good number of them stopped running for the chance to shake his hand and thank him. the video has made him an internet sensation and the run was in honor of pat tillman, the san jose native nfl star and army ranger who died in afghanistan in 2002. great story. >> best story of the day. awesome. 4:56 right now. bad elmo is back and this time, the vulgar children's character
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is meeting resistance. the story coming up. >> reporter: and i'm mark kelly live at the computer history museum where the prime minister of israel will be visiting later this morning. coming up, what brings the israeli leader to silicon valley. ,, ,,,,,,
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we don't want any community to go through what the muslim community has gone through around the invasion of privacy, around illegal and unlawful surveillance. >> early this morning, the oakland city council approved a controversial surveillance program but the domain awareness center will only be operated at the port of oakland. >> a family of a woman found dead in a stairwell at san francisco general hospital will be filing a claim against the city of san francisco. not clear what lynne spalding's family is demanding. >> israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu will swing through the silicon valley today to meet with high-tech
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leaders and sign a pro-business agreement with governor jerry brown. >> there is a sense of pride of the research going on in the city and we as a city have been able to adapt to make that happen. >> san jose gets new streetlights cutting costs but making it harder for astronomers. from across the bay to around the world, the stories that matter on "kpix 5 news this morning." captions by: caption colorado your realtime captioner is linda macdonald. good morning, i'm michelle griego. >> hi, everyone. i'm frank mallicoat. it's 5:00. we have breaking news with bart right now. the bart service still isn't running between hayward and fremont this morning. the route was shut down late last night after a person was hit and killed by a richmond- bound train. bart officials say the person was on the tracks around 11:30 last night when they were struck. right now ac transit buses are actually transferring riders through the area. service resumes at sunrise. we have a crew on the way. cate caugiran will hope to have a live report for you shortly. let'